Bradford here we come!

Date published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OLDHAM’S fourth-round Tetley’s Challenge Cup tie at Bradford Bulls will be played at the Provident Stadium (Odsal) on Sunday, April 6, kicking off at 2pm.

Clubs have the option of playing ties on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday of that weekend, but those choosing Sunday, as is the case with Bradford, have been told they can’t start any later than 2pm.
That’s because one of the round’s glamour ties will be screened live on BBC TV on that Sunday (2.15pm kick-off) and as soon as it’s finished the RFL will make the fifth-round draw.
“We don’t yet have admission prices and other match details, but we hope to get that information within the next 24 hours,” said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton.
He was “more than happy” to go to Bradford for a tie which has the potential to be a money-earner, while providing Oldham’s players with the opportunity to test themselves against Super League opponents in one of the sport’s most famous stadiums.
He said: “Bulls have a huge Challenge Cup history, as have Oldham. And there’s some romance about this tie, given that Scott Naylor will be going back to the club where he spent most of his playing career.
“He was made up when I told him who we had drawn.
“We should get a decent crowd. I’m sure it’s the sort of tie that will appeal to Oldham supporters.”
Oldham boss Naylor, a tough centre in his playing days, scored 51 tries in 128 Super League appearances for the Bulls between 1999 and 2003.
He turned out in three Challenge Cup finals  —- a 24-18 win against Leeds at Murrayfield in 2000; a 13-6 defeat by St Helens at Twickenham in 2001; and a 22-20 triumph over Leeds at the Millennium Stadium in 2003; all these while Wembley was being rebuilt.
“The tie will bring back great memories,” said Naylor. “It will be nice to meet up again with old friends and people I’ve not seen for years.
“But this isn’t about me. It’s about the Oldham players and the Challenge Cup and the opportunity they will get to go up against quality players from Super League.
“I’m sure our supporters will back us. We’ll give a good account of ourselves.”
The draw: Huddersfield Giants v St Helens; Dewsbury Rams v Wigan Warriors; Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Leeds Rhinos; Rochdale Hornets v Leigh Centurions; Batley Bulldogs v Castleford Tigers; Doncaster v Hemel Stags; Keighley v Barrow Raiders; Featherstone v North Wales Crusaders; Hull KR v Warrington Wolves; Hull FC v Salford Red Devils; Bradford Bulls v OLDHAM; Hunslet Hawks v Workington Town; Catalan Dragons v London Broncos; Halifax v Widnes Vikings; Sheffield Eagles v London Skolars; Swinton Lions v York City Knights.
* THE under-20s game at Sheffield on Saturday (to be played at the Sheffield Hallam University sports park) will now kick-off at 2.30pm, half an hour later than originally scheduled. It has been put back 30 minutes at Sheffield’s request.